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DRAFT PROPOSAL FOR ALTERNATIVE BACKFLOW PREVENTION ARRANGEMENT FOR WC SUITES

WC suites have been the centre of ongoing discussions for a considerable time in our industry.

Water Company’s concerns were raised with “blue water” or water being drawn from the WC cistern back into the plumbing system, noticeably increasing. While still, a tiny percentage, Water Companies took action to understand the increase in these incidents, straight away.

A panel of experts made up of bathroom manufacturers and water company representatives, therefore came together to review the backflow requirements against modern designs of WC suites. Defra had encouraged both parties to work constructively together to identify the causes of the blue water incidents and to act swiftly to find a solution that put public health first.

The team investigated through research and testing to propose a specification that could be applied safely to modern WC suites, without a need to radically change the contemporary designs, required for the market today.

The task group present this Proposal for initial technical consultation from the industry for feedback, the final document and proposal will then be prepared for presentation to Defra who will prepare a formal wider government consultation.

The consultation is for a six week period and will close for feedback on the 12th November 2020

If you have any questions or queries please contact Andy McLean, Technical Director: andy.mclean@bathroom-association.org.uk

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